An example of to supply is bringing the wine to a dinner party.
transitive verb-·plied′, -·ply′ing
- to give, furnish, or provide (what is needed or wanted): to supply tools to workers
- to meet the needs or requirements of; furnish, provide, or equip with what is needed or wanted: to supply workers with tools
- to compensate for; make good: to supply a deficiency
- to act as a substitute in; fill or serve in temporarily: to supply another's pulpit
Origin of supplyMiddle English supplyen from Middle French supplier from Classical Latin supplere, to fill up from sub-, sub- + plere, to fill: see full
- the act of supplying
- an amount or quantity available for use; stock; store
- [pl.] materials, provisions, etc. for supplying an army, expedition, a business, etc.; sometimes, specif., provisions for an army other than materiel, vehicles, etc.
- [often pl.]Chiefly Brit. an amount of money granted for government expenses; appropriation
- a temporary substitute, as for a minister
- aid; assistance
- Econ. the amount of a commodity available for purchase at a given price
- having to do with a supply or supplies
- serving as a substitute
transitive verbsup·plied, sup·ply·ing, sup·plies
- To make available for use; provide: Does the hotel supply towels?
- To provide something necessary or desired to; furnish or equip: supplied the players with uniforms. See Synonyms at furnish.
- To have as a necessary or desirable feature: a crime scene that supplied valuable evidence.
- To fill sufficiently; satisfy: supply a need.
- To make up for (a deficiency, for example); compensate for.
- The act of supplying: funds for the supply of the expedition.
- An amount available or sufficient for a given use; stock: Our supply of milk is low.
- often supplies Materials or provisions stored and dispensed when needed.
- Economics The amount of a commodity available for meeting a demand or for purchase at a given price.
Origin of supplyMiddle English supplien to help, complete, furnish with additional troops from Old French soupleer to fill up from Latin supplēre sub- from below ; see sub- . plēre to fill ; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present supplies, present participle supplying, simple past and past participle supplied)
- To provide (something), to make (something) available for use.
- to supply money for the war
- To furnish or equip with.
- to supply a furnace with fuel; to supply soldiers with ammunition
- To fill up, or keep full.
- Rivers are supplied by smaller streams.
- To compensate for, or make up a deficiency of.
- To serve instead of; to take the place of.
- (intransitive) To act as a substitute.
- To fill temporarily; to serve as substitute for another in, as a vacant place or office; to occupy; to have possession of.
- to supply a pulpit
- (uncountable) The act of supplying.
- supply and demand
- (countable) An amount of something supplied.
- A supply of good drinking water is essential.
- (in the plural) provisions.
- (chiefly in the plural) An amount of money provided, as by Parliament or Congress, to meet the annual national expenditures.
- to vote supplies
- Somebody, such as a teacher or clergyman, who temporarily fills the place of another; a substitute.
From Old French souploier, from Latin supplere (“to fill up, make full, complete, supply").
(comparative more supply, superlative most supply)
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